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The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

February 11, 2014


Benefits of extracurricular activities for students

As a new school year begins, your children will be given a variety of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.  While it’s important not to overload kids with pursuits outside of the classroom, there are many benefits to taking part in a couple of well-chosen activities.  When making a decision about what activities, if any, your children should participate in, keep the following things in mind.

Promote Social Skills
There’s a good chance your children will be in class with the same students year after year.  Extracurricular activities give your kids an opportunity to meet other children they wouldn’t normally get to meet and develop their social skills in an environment other than a classroom.  This can be especially helpful if your child is shy or does not get to interact with many children outside of the school environment.

Encourages Creativity
Much of the school day is organized around lesson plans related to academic activities such as math, reading, science and social studies.  As a result, your children may not have many opportunities to express their creativity on a regular basis at school.  Extracurricular activities are a great way to encourage your child’s creativity.  Activities like dance, art, and drama encourage your kids to use their imagination and express themselves in less traditional ways than they do in a classroom or at home.

Promotes Physical Fitness
There’s no doubt that kids today spend more time than ever using various forms of media on a daily basis.  While there are numerous benefits to the technology we have at our fingertips today, it has also led to a more sedentary lifestyle for many children.  While the use of computers and smart phones is unlikely to slow down, enrolling your children in an activity that promotes physical fitness like sports or dance is a good way to pull them away from their computer screen, get them moving and help them stay active and healthy.

Teaches Time Management Skills
While you don’t want to overload your children on too many extras (school should be their number one priority), a couple of extracurricular activities can help your child improve their time management skills.  Students who participate in activities outside of school don’t have as much free time to complete their homework, chores and other tasks they must do on a daily basis.  As a result, they have to learn to be more efficient with the time they do have, which enhances their time management skills. 

They’re Fun
While earning good grades should be their top priority, all kids need to have a little fun in their day.  Extracurricular activities are a great way for children to have fun, learn new skills and explore subjects that interest them that they may not learn about during the regular school day.  Non-school activities give kids a chance to do something they love, while recharging their batteries.

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